(Col)-Rockies Losing Continues 6-2 At Home To Pirates
DENVER - The Colorado Rockies have reached a new low-point of the season after losing at home Sunday to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their 12th loss in their last 14 games drops Colorado 20 games under .500 for the first time in 5 seasons.
For the second straight game, the Pirates led off with a home run on the opening pitch when Adam Frazier hit a bomb to the second deck in right field off right-hander Jeff Hoffman. Hoffman bounced back and gave up only 1 more hit and run before leaving after 5 innings.
Steven Brault, a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Star as both a pitcher and hitter at Regis University in Denver, hit his first major league homer and pitched effectively into the 7th inning, allowing only one hit until Nolan Arenado lined a two-out fastball into the seats in left field in the 6th for his 35th home run.
Brault (4-3) socked a solo homer that made it 3-1 in the top of the 7th, then left in the bottom of the inning when the Rockies got a run on 2 hits and an error. Richard Rodriguez got out of the jam by fanning Trevor Story.
Pittsburgh could have had more runs but Colorado cut down 3 baserunners in the first 6 innings. Reynolds was thrown out at home trying to score from 1st base on a double in the 3rd, Starling Marte was picked off in the 5th when he broke for 2nd too early, and Erik Gonzalez was thrown out trying to stretch a single in the sixth.
That helped limit the damage for Hoffman (1-5), who was recalled from the minors before game. Hoffman lasted just two innings in his previous start for the Rockies but held Pittsburgh to two runs and nine hits over five innings Sunday.
Sunday's game wrapped up the season series between the teams. The Pirates have now won 15 of their last 19 games in Denver, a streak that dates back to July 2014.
Pirates: Activated RHP Clay Holmes from the 10-day injured list.
The Rockies brought up three players from Triple-A Albuquerque. In addition to Hoffman, Colorado added left-handed reliever James Pazos and infielder Pat Valaika, who started at second base and had a single in four at-bats. Pazos struck out the only batter he faced.
The Pirates are expected to add to their roster before playing at home Tuesday.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (1-3, 8.62 ERA) opens a six-game homestand Tuesday against Miami. Keller will be making his eight major league start.
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-5, 6.63) starts his third game of the season against the Dodgers when Colorado begins a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday.
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